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Access to information
This page is about accessing information that the Commission holds.
We make a range of information available for public access. You can formally request access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to documents we hold.
Alternately we can give you certain information if you request it through other access arrangements we have set up, as outlined below.
FOI Act Requests
For your request to access to documents to be valid under the FOI Act it must:
- be in writing;
- state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act;
- provide such information concerning the document as is reasonably necessary to enable the Commission to identify it; and
- give details of how notices under the FOI Act may be sent to you (for example by providing an electronic address to which notices may be sent by electronic communication).
Please send your request to the Commission by:
- post – Commission Secretariat, GPO Box 9905, Canberra ACT 2601 ; or
- email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Publication Scheme
Before making a formal request for information under the FOI Act to the Commission, you should browse our Information Publication Scheme to see if the information is already available there.
Our publication scheme describes and categorises information routinely available from the Commission. It has been developed to give the community greater access to information held by government.
What is the Information Publication Scheme?
As a result of major changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), Australian Government agencies which are subject to the FOI Act, are required to publish a range of information on their websites as part of an Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This includes the agencies structure, functions, appointments, annual reports, consultation arrangements, and details of the agency's FOI officer. Information routinely released from FOI requests and routinely provided to parliament must also be published online.
The Scheme is intended to form the basis for a more open and transparent culture across government with agencies encouraged to take a proactive approach to publishing the information they hold, and to consider what they should be publishing over and above what they are obliged to publish.
Our publication scheme describes and categorises information routinely available from the agency. It has been developed to give the community greater access to information held by government.